Mom Arrested For Tattooing Her 11-Year-Old Daughter

Odessa Clay’s mug shot courtesy of the Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office.

One of the first things you learn when your kid is old enough to start asking begging for stuff is how to say no.

Initially, it might be hard to say know to your beloved child but after a couple weeks the word slides off your tongue like a knife through warm butter.

No. No! NO!


In fact, no is arguably the most popular word in parenting and something a North Carolina woman should have said when her 11-year-old daughter asked for a tattoo.

According to Jezebel Odessay Clay, a woman of many tattoos who also professionally inks people, illegally tattooed a heart near her elementary-age daughter’s shoulder last year.

Clay, 30, told police she used her own equipment. And besides, her daughter asked for the tattoo!

“I didn’t fill it in!” Clay tells local news station WCTI12. Yeah! So what’s the big deal? It’s just an outline.

The big deal is that your daughter is a little girl who isn’t old enough yet to fully realize the permanence of a stupid tattoo. Just because your kid wants something doesn’t mean they should get it. It’s not cool or hip for an 11-year-old to be sporting a tattoo.  Instead of playing “the cool mom” and tatting up her kid, Clay should’ve played the cool mom and said no, not until you’re 18.

Clay apparently thought it was okay to ink her kid with her permission. It’s not. Tattooing someone under the age of 18 is illegal in North Carolina.

Clay, who thinks a relative tipped off cops, is due in court next month.

What do you think? Tattoo okay if mom says so or absolutely not?



Article Posted 4 years Ago

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